Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Truth About Wisconsin

Every now and then, the bad guys will tell the truth on themselves.  If you think the protests in Wisconsin have anything to do with educating children, this video should clear that up for you.

In 2009, Bob Chanin, the retiring General Counsel for the National Education Association spilled the beans on the real reason why the NEA exists.
"It is not because of the merit of our positions, it is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child.  NEA and our affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.  And we have power because there are 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year..."
It's about money and power.  Period.  The battle in Wisconsin is about the union's power to suck the public teat dry and the tax payers unwillingness for that gluttony to continue.

One might be able to forgive the union's power lust if the purpose of garnering that power was to help children, but Mr Chanin makes it quite clear that is not their primary objective.  He says,
...the concerns of reducing achievement gaps, reducing drop out rates, and improving teacher quality... must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights, and collective barganing.  That simply is too high a price to pay!
So, you got that?  Teachers' rights and teachers' pay is Job 1 and the needs of the kids are strictly secondary.  If the union could wave a magic wand and fix everything that is wrong with our schools, but the price would be for the teacher's to give up the privilege of collective bargaining, the union wouldn't do it.

So the next time your local union dominated school board pulls any of that but-don't-you-care-about-the-poor-children crap, you waltz into the board meeting and play this video.

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